Schools in Uganda are set to start teaching peace education at all levels from primary, secondary and university either as a subject or a detailed topic in one of the subjects being taught currently.
“Rethinking Education,” one of the three Virtual Peace Tables offered by GPPAC on the International Day of Peace, brought together changemakers to reimagine what education systems could look like if we put social cohesion, imagination, and critical thinking at its core. The event recording is now available.
In recent years, it has become common practice within post-conflict countries to introduce peace education or human rights courses into the school curricula. Unfortunately teachers in post-conflict situations may carry deep psychological scars and prejudices. Unless they are given the necessary support to deal with these issues they are unlikely to be effective in implementing a peace education course.
UNICEF has been responding to friction and shortages in Kirkuk by establishing a programme to foster peace and tolerance, starting in schools. “It’s essential that education provision is equitable and that schools are conflict-sensitive so that they can promote peace,” says Kelsey Shanks, a consultant with UNICEF.
This toolkit is the result of the collective efforts of the Global Citizenship Education Working Group (GCED-WG), a collegium of 90 organizations and experts co-convened by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Center for Universal Education (CUE) at the Brookings Institution, and the United Nations Secretary General’s Global Education First Initiative’s Youth Advocacy Group (GEFI-YAG).